The Ultimate Guide to Buying A Corgi

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Written By Dane Michael

Hi! I'm a proud family dog owner. MyFavCorgi is a community of corgi fans and owners with advice to buy, raise and care for your corgi.

A step-by-step guide to help you buy a corgi in 2023

Picture this: It’s 6pm. You’ve just come home from a hard day at work. You rustle with your bag as you put the key in the lock. The door swings open.

​Down the hallway you hear the pitter-patter of tiny paws on the floorboards. You see the goofy face of your very own corgi staring back at you. He’s smiling. You’re smiling.

Sound perfect? There’s a reason dogs are man’s best friend. And corgis? Well, there’s also a reason the royal family have kept them for decades.

Rest assured – if you’re thinking about getting a corgi: I’m right there with you! Having a corgi join my home was a life changing experience for me.

Based on my experiences and discussions with many corgi owners, here’s my step-by-step for everything you need to know about getting your first corgi. ​

​This one’s a big one so strap yourself in and let’s go!

History of the corgi

Corgis have a long history with humans dating back to the 10th century. Originally bred as herding dogs, corgis have an energetic personality perfect for keeping livestock safe.

Did you know the Pembroke Welsh corgi originally descended from wolves and big northern Spitz dogs like the Husky? Yes, the modern happy little corgi has a complex past that led them from wild animals to being used as working dogs.

Corgis were first bred to watch over herds of cattle in the pastures of Wales. Their important job was to drive away rats and rodents, predators, and wild animals from the cattle while they grazed. The did this with a keen eye and a loud bark. These traits still found today in modern corgis (see: are corgis good on farms).

From their watch dogs days, corgis were later bred to help move those cattle from their pastures off to the market. This is very similar to what is done today in rural areas with sheepdog, rounding up the cattle and taking them on the right path.

In fact, historians speculate the original corgis were mated with nearby sheepdogs. Farmer’s did this to genetically engineer themselves a more adaptable working dog.

The role of the corgi was severely downgraded when Welsh farmers started to raise their sheep in fenced pastures. This created a need for dogs with longer legs, and soon, border collies put the corgis out of work as the go-to farm dog.

Nowadays, corgis are mostly bred for show, and, of course, to be lovable companions around the home

A happy adult Pembroke Welsh corgi looking out at their owner. The corgi is laying down inside in a brown room.

Corgis do make great pets. They’re full of energy, great with people, and very smart. But, they are not perfect for all homes, particularly if you don’t have a lot of time to devote to them.

Corgis are one of the most popular breeds. In fact, a 2021 poll by the American Kennel Club put them among the top 15 dogs in the entire country. And if you’re here today, I’m betting you’re already a bit of a fan.

Here are a few factors that may convince you to get a corgi (and a couple that might just stop you from making the wrong decision).

Pros of buying a corgi – 4 great reasons you need to know

Corgis are a popular breed of dog with playful personalities. They are known for their small size, their intelligence, and their loyalty as a breed.

There are many other positive reasons to consider getting a corgi. These include their ability to make great companions, their ease of grooming, and their potential as watch dogs.

​Here are the traits to consider before you dive into dog ownership.​

1. Corgis have a lot of energy

Corgis are a natural bundle of energy. You’ll find your corgi is always ready to play, go on walks, and hang out with you.

Any interior designer will tell you, rooms need to be filled with life. While some people try to fill that gap with plants and flowers – a corgi might be just what you need to perk up your world.

As corgis were bred to herd livestock, they have a natural instinct to be active. This energy can be directed towards playing, exercising, and training, which can help keep their brain and body pumping.

Plus, having a lot of energy also makes corgis more fun to be around than other dogs, as they are always ready for adventure. I’ve seen it all first hand.

2. Corgis are easy to groom

​Corgis are easy to groom because of their short coat and their small size. This is good because it makes them easier and cheaper to take care of than many other dog breeds.

That’s right – there’s no spending two hours in front of the mirror each morning for a corgi. ​Corgis are easy to groom for two key reasons.

First, they have a short, dense coat that does not require intense grooming to remove loose hair. Because it is short, you’ll spend less time and work on the end of a brush.​

Second, corgis have small and compact bodies, which makes it easy to access for grooming. This is especially helpful when it comes to trimming their fur under their belly or cleaning their ears and paws. This leaves you more time to spend playing and having fun with your corgi.

You can take care of their grooming needs easily and without needing to go to a professional groomer. This will save you heaps of time and money – and it also gives you a little extra time to bond with your corgi while taking care of their coats.

3. Corgis are good watch dogs

Corgis are good watch dogs because they are alert and attentive and willing to bark when intruders are present.

No more keeping grandma’s diamond ring in the safe behind a painting every night.

Ok, I exaggerate. But corgis are naturally alert and attentive, and they are quick to notice when something is out of the ordinary. Their alertness can also help you to be aware of potential dangers, such as fires or other emergencies.

Corgis are small and agile so they can move quickly to investigate potential threats. This makes them well-suited to watch dog duties.

While corgis are not aggressive dogs, their loud bark can serve as a deterrent for would-be intruders. This gives you a measure of security and protection for you and your home.

Being watch dogs can also be beneficial for corgis themselves. This is because it allows them to use their natural instincts, which can help keep them stimulated. Corgis are intelligent dogs and they thrive when they have tasks to keep them engaged. 

4. Corgis are good with people and animals

Corgis are good with people and animals because they are a sociable and affectionate dog breed originally bred to be loyal to humans.

Corgis are eager to meet and interact with new people and animals. They are likely to approach others in a friendly and non-threatening way, which can help to put others at ease. 

You’ll find corgis are well-behaved and obedient dogs, and they can be easily trained to follow rules and manners around others. They are unlikely to cause problems when they interact with others. This makes them a great dog for kids and families

Additionally, their friendliness and sociability can also make them a great companion for people who live alone, as they offer companionship and support.

Corgis are social animals, and need regular interactions with others to stay happy and healthy. 

Quick recap: 4 reasons to buy a corgi

  1. ​Corgis have a lot of energy
  2. Corgis are easy to groom
  3. Corgis are good watch dogs
  4. Corgis are good with people and animals

And if you want more convincing, here’s another 6 great reasons to get a corgi!

A close-up of a purebred corgi running towards the camera. It is outside in the grass and has a determined look on its face.

Cons of buying a corgi – 5 things to think about before you buy

Corgis are a high-energy breed that require lots of regular exercise, and they can be very demanding of your care and attention. They are also prone to certain health issues which can require special attention and management.

While there are many positive reasons to consider getting a corgi, in the interest of fairness for all other dogs, there are also some potential negatives to consider.

Here are some of the potential negatives to corgi ownership you should be aware of before deciding to bring a corgi into your home.​

1. Corgis need to be kept busy

As corgis have a lot of energy, one of the downsides of owning a corgi is they need to be kept busy. Be prepared for lots of walks, exercise, and playing.

A corgi would be terrible in an office cubical with nothing to do all day. They need to be kept active, the same way you’d treat a toddler.

Corgis are a high-energy breed so they have a natural instinct to be active and busy. This means they require regular exercise to stay happy and healthy.

If they do not get enough, they can become bored and restless, which can lead to behavioural problems such as barking, chewing, and digging.

This can be a challenge for some corgi owners. It can require a significant commitment of time and effort to give your corgi what they need to stimulate them.

This is especially difficult for people who have busy schedules or limited space for their corgi to run and play. ​It can still work, it’s just harder. Your best bet is to have lots of activities and toys ready to go: walks, runs, games, and bones. 

This will help reduce the impact that their energy can have on your home.

2. Corgis shed their fur a lot

Because of their thick coat, a downside of owning a corgi is they shed their fur a lot. Always scheudle time for regular grooming to keep it under control.

They’re like a messy partner that always leaves their clothes around the house. Only for the corgi, it’s fur, not clothes.

One of the unfortunate side effects of keeping a short coat is all that excess fur needs to go somewhere – namely, your house.

Corgis have a thick, double-coat of fur that sheds seasonally, and they can lose a significant amount of fur during this time. This shedding is most noticeable during the spring and autumn, when the weather is changing and the corgi’s coat is adjusting to the new season.

Their shedding can make things difficult. It can result in a lot of loose hair around the house, which can be difficult to clean up and can trigger allergies in some people.

It can also make it difficult to keep clothing and furniture clean and free of pet hair. This can be frustrating if your corgi is allowed to sleep on the bed or furniture, as their shedding can leave hair everywhere.

If you decide to get a corgi, I recommend having a vacuum cleaner on standby. You’re going to need it.

3. Corgis can be defensive and territorial

A downside of corgi ownership is they are defensive and territorial dogs, due to being bred to watch over farms. You may have to spend time (at first) to adjust them to strangers or other house pets.

Defending home, country, honour and… living room, corgis are a protective breed and can be territorial of their space. 

Corgis were borne as a herding breed to protect and defend livestock, and they have a natural instinct to be alert and protective of their territory. 

They are quick to bark and growl at unfamiliar people and animals, especially if they perceive them as a potential threat. 

While they make great friends, be careful other pets don’t intrude into their space when they need it – much as you don’t want someone barging unannounced into your bedroom.

Training is recommended to help manage their territorial nature and make them more relaxed.

4. Corgis can be destructive if not kept entertained

As an active breed of dog, corgis can be destructive. You must keep them busy with exercise, playtime and toys to stop them chewing and digging around your home.

Corgis need regular exercise and mental stimulation to stay happy and healthy, and they can become bored if they do not get enough. 

This boredom can manifest in destructive behaviours, such as chewing on furniture, your favourite Nikes, and other household items. These can be expensive and difficult to repair or replace.

It can be difficult to prevent a corgi from engaging in destructive behaviour if not well-trained. This can require significant time and effort to manage and give them appropriate outlets for their energy and curiosity.

Be prepared to get your corgi into training early. This will minimise the damage that an untrained corgi can be prone to do. And make sure you’re taking them for lots of walks to keep their mind and energy away from destruction.

5. Corgis have a loud bark

​A key reason that often stops people from getting a corgi is their loud bark, which can be disruptive, particularly if you have close neighbours or regularly need to work from home.

Now, some would say this is an upside. A permanent burglar alarm without the investment in technology. But it can be a bit of a hassle at 6am when the house is dark and you’re trying to sleep.

As a herding breed, corgis have a loud bark. It a natural instinct to bark to communicate with their owners and others. This means they can be prone to barking excessively, especially when they are excited, anxious, or bored. 

One of the downsides of keeping a corgi in an apartment, or other close-quarters settings, is their barking can be disruptive to others. They also may not be suitable for people who have sensitive hearing or who are easily disturbed by loud noises as their barking can be unpleasant and uncomfortable.

While training can absolutely help, it’s not a single solution to the issue. You should always provide them with alternative outlets for their vocalisations, such as toys and walks.

Quick recap: 5 things to consider before you buy a corgi

  1. ​Corgis need to be kept busy
  2. Corgis shed their fur a lot
  3. Corgis can be defensive and territorial
  4. Corgis can be destructive if not kept entertained
  5. Corgis have a loud bark​

All of these factors can make owning a corgi a potentially challenging and stressful experience for both the corgi and their owner. But that doesn’t mean you can’t make it work.

What breed of corgi should I get? And how can I tell the difference.

There are two main types of corgis: Pembroke Welsh corgis and Cardigan Welsh corgis.

But what is the difference between these two types of corgis:

The Pembroke Welsh corgi is the more common of the two breeds, and it is known for its foxlike face. The Cardigan welsh corgi is slightly larger and more muscular, and has a more rounded head. 

Both breeds are intelligent, playful, and loyal, but they have different personalities and temperaments (with Cardigan Welsh corgis the more reserved of the two).

You should talk to your breeder before you buy a corgi to determine which of these two breeds may be the best fit for you and your family.​ 

What is a Pembroke Welsh corgi?

​A Pembroke Welsh Corgi has a distinctive face that is often described as foxlike. It has a small, triangular head with pointed ears that stand erect, and a short, black or dark-coloured nose.

The nose of a pembroke is longer and pointer than a Cardigan, and yes, you could almost mistake them for a fox. Much like the nose, the ears also come to more of a point, rather than being round and circular.

Pembrokes typically have a smoother coat and are more often found in brighter colours like golds and light browns. Pembrokes also have feet that point forward, rather than turning out.

You’re also more likely to see a Pembroke Welsh corgi without a tail than a Cardigan Welsh corgi.

​Overall, the Pembroke Welsh Corgi has a cute and playful appearance, with a face that is both expressive and intelligent.

What is a Cardigan Welsh corgi?

The Cardigan Welsh corgi is bigger and more muscular than the Pembroke Welsh corgi, and it has a longer tail and a more rounded head. It’s more reserved and less outgoing than Pembroke Welsh corgis.

​The roundedness of the cardigan’s face is the most prominent feature. It is most clearly seen in the cheeks and the chin of the cardigan, however, traces of this roundedness are also apparent in the ears as well.

​​It has a short, dense rough coat that most commonly comes in darker shades including black and dark browns. Cardigans are also more likely to keep their tail, and have feet that turn outwards.

What is a mixed breed corgi? And what is a cross-breed corgi?

Mixed corgis can happen in three ways. The first is a corgi with both a Pembroke and a Cardigan parent. This is a mixed-breed corgi. Second is mixing two mixed-breeds togethers. The third is a corgi with one corgi parent and one parent of another breed (e.g. a dachshund​). This is a cross-breed corgi. 

Mixed breed corgis may have a combination of physical and behavioural characteristics from both of their parent breeds, and they may be larger or smaller, or have different coats or temperaments than purebred corgis.

They can be a good choice for people who want a corgi but are not interested in a purebred dog, or who want a corgi with a unique combination of traits. They can also lead to healthier dogs, as you remove the negative genetic traits that are corgi-specific.

It’s useful to know that mixed breeds can often be found cheaper than purebreds. However, you need to ensure your breeder (or rescue) is reputable and your dog is healthy.

What you should also know is bad breeders may try to pass off mixes (Pembroke cross Cardigans) as Pembroke Cardigans or American Corgis. This is not a real purebred corgi breed. These are not bad dogs. Just be aware it is not the purebred you are being told you are getting. 

​As a side note, if your breeder is willing to lie about this, then they should be avoided as a breeder. After all, what else are they lying about? Using a reputable breeder is the best way to know your corgi is happy and healthy.

How much does it cost to buy a corgi?

You can expect to spend between $800 and $2500 on a corgi. It is possible to find corgis for less, such as older rescue dogs that may be available for as little as $100. You may also end up paying more for a purebred show dog, which could cost well over $2500.

When I’m in conversation with my community online, there’s always questions about how much it costs to buy a corgi:

  • Can I buy a corgi for under $500? 
  • Can I buy a corgi for under $1000? 
  • Should I put a second mortgage on my home to buy a corgi? (maybe!)

In your lifetime, you only have a finite amount of resources you can spend on the things that make you happy. So here’s the age-old question: can you get a corgi without breaking the bank?

Thankfully, yes. The cost of purchasing a corgi varies depending on factors such as where you live, the age of the dog, and whether it is a purebred or a rescue. 

​Here’s a 3 key factors that may help you decide what path to go down.

You can expect to spend between $800 and $2500 on a corgi. This can go for well over $2,500 (or more) for purebred corgis.

1. The breed of the corgi affects the price

The type of corgi you choose can have a significant impact on the price you pay, with Cardigans more expensive on average than Pembroke Welsh corgis.

Cardigan Welsh corgis, which are slightly larger and have longer tails than Pembroke Welsh corgis, are generally more expensive because they are less popular and therefore bred less often.

After doing a search myself recently, I found I was 3x more likely to find a Pembroke for sale than a Cardigan.

Purebred Pembroke Welsh corgis that are show-ready can, however, also fetch higher prices in areas with limited supply.

If you are on a tight budget, you may want to consider looking at a cross-breed or half-breed corgis, which are often cheaper than purebreds. These dogs are the result of breeding a Cardigan with a Pembroke, two half-breeds, or a corgi with another breed.

These can offer the best of both breeds at a lower price. Keep in mind, however, that even crossbreeds or half-breeds may still be expensive depending on the area you live in and the availability of these dogs.

While cost is certainly a factor to consider, you also must consider the individual needs and personality of the dog you choose, as well as its overall health.

2. The quality of your corgi and your breeder affects the price

When buying a corgi, a reputable breeder is more expensive that a shelter dog, but you are less likely to have health problems. A breeder dog will cost around $1,500, while a shelter dog can be obtained for as low as $100.

A reputable breeder is the most expensive option, as these breeders are dedicated to breeding healthy, well-tempered dogs that conform to breed standards.

While the price of a corgi from a reputable breeder may be higher than a backyard breeder, it is worth it for the added peace of mind and assurance you are getting a high-quality dog. You should not buy a corgi from a backyard breeder.

Another affordable option is to look for adult corgis at your local animal shelter. These dogs may have been surrendered by their previous owners for a variety of reasons, but they can still make wonderful pets.

You can often find adult corgis at animal shelters for as little as $100, making this a budget-friendly option for those who are on a tight budget.

If you are looking for a purebred corgi, you can expect to pay more than you would for a rescue or shelter dog. Purebred corgis can range in price from $800 to over $2500, depending on factors such as the age of the dog, its breeding, and whether it is show-ready.

You should carefully consider your budget and the type of dog you are looking for when making a decision on where to purchase your corgi. By doing your research and shopping around, you can find the perfect corgi for your family and your budget.

3. The location of your corgi affects the price

If couriering your corgi by air, expect to pay $250–$400, with varying prices around the world.

If you don’t have a reputable breeder in your local area, you may need to look outside of your state or country to find the perfect corgi for your family. While it’s always best to visit the breeder in person if possible, this may not always be an option. In these cases, you will likely need to pay for shipping charges to get your corgi to you.

To courier your corgi by air, you will need to find an airline that allows animals to be transported as cargo. Prices for this service can vary depending on the airline and the distance your corgi will need to travel, but you can expect to pay between $250 and $400. Prices may be higher or lower in other parts of the world.

While it may be tempting to save money by purchasing a corgi from a breeder that is far away, the costs and stress of transporting your new pet may not be worth it in the long run.

By factoring in this cost, your corgi will arrive safely and without unnecessary stress.

What are the ongoing costs of buying a corgi? 5 things to consider before you buy

Ongoing costs can include things such as food, supplies, medical care, training, and grooming, and they can add up to a significant amount over the lifetime of the dog.

In addition to the initial purchase price of a corgi, there are also ongoing costs associated with owning a corgi that should be considered.

You should be aware of these ongoing costs before making the decision to purchase a corgi, and to plan and budget accordingly.

Here I will explore some of the most common ongoing costs of owning a corgi, and discuss how these costs can vary. You can also read my deep dive article on how much corgis cost.

1. Cost of food for your corgi

One of the main ongoing costs of owning a corgi is the cost of food, around $30–$50 a month to feed your corgi. You want to buy high-quality nutritious dry food and treats to keep them healthy.

As active and energetic dogs, corgis require a high-quality diet that provides them with the nutrition and energy they need to stay healthy and happy.

The amount of food a corgi needs can vary depending on factors such as their size, age, and activity level, but on average, a corgi should be fed around 1 cup of food per day. This can work out to be around $30 per month for a standard-sized corgi, though it may be more or less for a larger or smaller dog.

In addition to their regular diet, corgis may also benefit from occasional treats. Treats can help to supplement a corgi’s diet and provide them with additional nutrients, and they can also be used as a reward for good behaviour during training.

Treats can come in a variety of forms, such as chews, bones, or treats made from high-quality meats like chicken, beef, or pork. The cost of treats can vary, but on average, it can be around $10 per month for a standard-sized corgi.

When choosing food and treats for a corgi, look for brands that are high in protein and low in filler ingredients like corn, wheat, and soy. These brands are often more expensive than generic brands, but will help give your corgi with a balanced and nutritious diet.

2. Cost of shelter for your corgi

By providing your corgi with a comfortable and safe place to sleep, you can help to protect them from the elements and keep them warm and snug. Expect to pay between $100 and $150 for this.

When it comes to caring for a corgi, one of the big decisions owners must make is whether to keep their dog inside or outside.

Some people may believe keeping their corgi inside will solve all of their shelter needs, but this is not necessarily the case. Even if a corgi is kept inside, they will still need a comfortable and warm place to sleep, such as a dog bed or a blanket.

With the way corgis shed their fur, you should also give them with their own bed or blanket, rather than sharing with the rest of the family.

The cost of a dog bed and blanket for a corgi can vary, but on average, it can be around $100 for a high-quality bed and blanket. This is a one-time cost, but it should be noted corgis can be destructive or chew on their bedding, so it is likely you will need to replace their bed and blanket at some point.

If you decide to keep your corgi outside, you will also need to provide them with a dog house or other type of shelter. The cost of a dog house can be around $150, depending on the size and quality of the house.

It is critical you provide shelter for your corgi and these costs should not be overlooked.

3. Cost of activities for your corgi

By providing your corgi with regular exercise and stimulating toys, you can help to prevent boredom and behaviour problems, and you can support their overall well-being. A dog walker will cost roughly $25 per session, and toys will cost around $10 each.

Exercise is a big part of keeping a corgi healthy and happy, and there are several costs associated with providing your corgi with the exercise they need.

One option is to walk your corgi yourself, which is free. However, if you are not able to walk your corgi every day, or if you want to provide them with additional exercise, you may need to pay for a dog walker.

The cost of a dog walker can vary depending on factors such as the frequency and duration of the walks, and whether the walker provides private or group walks. On average, you can expect to pay around $25 per session for a dog walker.

In addition to walking, corgis also enjoy playing with toys. Toys can give your corgi additional exercise and mental stimulation, and can keep them entertained when you are not able to play with them.

The cost of toys for a corgi will vary depending on the quality and type of toys you choose, but on average, you can expect to pay around $10 for each toy.

Choose toys appropriate for your corgi’s size and activity level, and to avoid toys that are small or easily breakable, as these can be dangerous for your dog.

4. Cost of grooming your corgi

One of the ongoing costs of owning a corgi is the cost of grooming. You should budget $115 per month for grooming of the fur and nail trimming.

Corgis are a breed that requires regular grooming to maintain their health and appearance. They have a thick, double coat that can be prone to matting and tangling, and they need to be groomed every 1–2 months to keep their coat in good condition. 

Additionally, corgis need to have their nails trimmed regularly to prevent overgrowth and other problems, and they should be bathed at least once a month to keep their skin and coat clean and healthy.

The cost of grooming a corgi can vary depending on the services provided, but on average, it’s around $100 per month. You can choose to do these grooming tasks yourself, or you can hire a professional groomer to do them for you. The cost of a professional nail trimming is around $15, and this can be done at the same time as the grooming appointment.

The cost of grooming a corgi each month is an necessary part of maintaining their health and keeping your corgi looking and feeling their best.

5. Cost of healthcare for your corgi

One factor to consider when thinking about the cost of a corgi is the potential cost of veterinary care. Expect to pay anywhere from $1,000 to $15,000 depending on the severity of the condition. You should also budget $500 per year in preventative care.

Corgis, like all dogs, are susceptible to a health conditions that can require medical treatment, and the cost of treating these conditions can be very high.

Some common health conditions that can affect corgis include von Willebrand’s disease, degenerative myelopathy, and retinal atrophy. The cost of treating these conditions can range from $1,000 to $3,000 or more, depending on the severity of the condition and the type of treatment required.

More serious conditions, such as hip dysplasia, can be even more expensive to treat, and the cost can be in the range of $10,000 to $15,000 or more.

Along with the cost of treating health conditions, there are also ongoing costs associated with preventative care for a corgi.

This can include things like heartworm prevention, flea and tick prevention, de-wormers, and annual vaccinations. The cost of these services can be around $500 per year on average.

You must give your corgi with regular preventative care to help keep them healthy and stop the development of serious health conditions.

Before you buy a corgi, check the breeder has given the puppy all of their necessary vaccinations and de-worming treatments, and they have the registration and change of ownership forms.

This should be included in the cost of the corgi, and you should ensure the breeder has done this to protect the health of your dog.

Once your corgi is out of the cute puppy stage, their veterinary expenses should be lower on average, unless they develop any health conditions that require treatment.

By understanding the potential cost of vet care for a corgi, you can better plan and budget for the lifetime care of your dog, and you can help them receive the medical care they need.

Should I really buy a corgi?

Getting a corgi means committing to providing them with the love and care they need for the rest of their lives.​ While they will return it to you in spades, you need to think before you buy a corgi.

Before getting a corgi, consider whether you have the time, energy, and resources to give them the care they need. It’s also important to think about whether a corgi is the right breed for your lifestyle.

Do you have a big enough yard for them to play in? Are you willing to take them on daily walks? Do you mind a little extra fur around the house? If you’re not sure, it might be a good idea to research other breeds and their characteristics before making a decision.

Thousands of dogs are abandoned every single year because owners stopped caring about them. Is this something you can handle?

Corgis are often considered a great choice for families – perfect for adults, perfect for the kids. Just make sure it’s right for your family before you buy a corgi.

Where can I buy a corgi?

When looking to add a corgi to your family, there are two options you should use: rescue organisations and breeders. Only buy a corgi from a reputable rescue or breeder.

Rescue organisations are non-profit groups that take in abandoned, neglected, or stray animals. They work hard to find them new, loving homes. These organisations often have strict adoption processes in place to ensure the animals are placed in suitable homes.

Breeders, on the other hand, specialise in breeding specific types of animals, such as corgis. They will have a thorough understanding of the breed and can provide valuable guidance to potential buyers. 

You will likely have to join a waitlist for a reputable breeder. A reputable breeder may have a waitlist of a year or two – but that makes it all the more worthwhile when you get to take your corgi home.

I advise to carefully consider both options before making a decision.

Finding a rescue corgi

Corgis from rescues are typically older dogs, but they are also priced lower than dogs from a breeder. They are however, harder to find.

Corgis do, on occasion, end up in rescues – often because owners have had to move or there’s been changes in the family. If you are happy with an older corgi, a rescue is a great place to start – and a great place to buy an adult corgi.

I absolutely encourage you to get your corgi at a rescue if you can. You’re saving the life of a corgi and giving a home to someone who deserves love and compassion. 

A great resource is – a listing service of dog rescues, which may be able to point you which way to find your corgi.

Finding a corgi breeder

Where to buy a corgi in the United States of America (USA) and North America

If you’re after corgi puppies for sale in USA – but are not yet sure which breed – start your search with the American Kennel Club website.

The AFC have a huge list of breeders and can get you in contact with all of them. But you must check them (see the choosing a breeder guide below) before you buy a corgi from them. Simply appearing on the website is not enough.

If you are after a Pembroke Welsh corgi, the Pembroke Welsh Corgi Club of America (PWCCA) is the best place to find one. They have a membership directory which lists a number of reputable breeders, and can be filtered by your state. 

​If you want to buy a Cardigan Welsh corgi, the Cardigan Welsh Corgi National Rescue Trust (CWCNRT) is a great place to look. They are specialists in dealing with Cardigan Welsh corgis, and have a list of Cardigan breeders in the states that you can search through. 

You can also find regular corgi events across the country, and many areas have local breeding clubs that can help you out. These are a fantastic resource to learn more and even to buy a corgi near you.

Where to buy a corgi in the United Kingdom (UK) and Great Britain (GB)

The Kennel Club has a great list of resources for finding a corgi in the UK. 

Simply search ‘Welsh Corgi’ and you’ll see a list of breeders and their location. So if you’re in London, put in London. Same for Liverpool, Manchester, Glasgow and anywhere else you call home.

Where to buy a corgi in Asia, Europe, Africa, South America, Australia and around the globe

Most countries have registered associations for corgis and dog welfare. These groups are a great staring point to help you find a local reputable breed. Try doing a Google search (in your local language) for:

  • “dog organisation” + your local area e.g. “dog organisation Japan”. 

You can also do a search to find rescues or breeders near you:

  • “adopt a corgi” + your local area e.g. “adopt a corgi Japan”, 
  • “corgi breeder” + your local area e.g. “corgi breeder Japan”.

However, you need to be careful with this. Not all breeders or rescues that pop up in Google are safe and reputable. See the next section on tips to find a reputable breeder.

It is possible to get corgis from overseas, but it’s much harder and not encouraged. You also need to check with your local animal laws first. This will be different for each country.

Regardless of the location, ensure the dogs are bred in a responsible and humane manner.

How to find a reputable breeder

Getting a new corgi is like having a baby, a long and difficult but very rewarding process. Don’t rush things because you’re excited. Take your time and find a safe and reputable breeder or rescue.

You also want to double check the legitimacy of any online breeder you’re looking at. Scammers will often pose as breeders to trick money out of people.

​As a first step, do a search of: “Your Breeder’s Name” + “scam”  and check the results. This is not a foolproof system, so be careful, be aware, and be vigilant.

 A final piece of advice to help you on your research to find a breeder: a breeder’s website is not always an accurate representation of their breeding practices or the health of their animals. 

Just because a breeder has a professional website with detailed information about their dogs does not necessarily mean they are a responsible breeder.

Similarly, a breeder with a poorly designed website or minimal information available online does not necessarily mean they are a bad breeder.

Where should I not buy a corgi? 3 places to avoid buying a corgi from!

There are a few places where you should not buy a corgi from including puppy mills, backyard breeders, and pet stores.

Here’s why you should avoid these three ways of getting a corgi: 

  1. Puppy mills: These are large-scale commercial breeding operations that prioritise profit over the well-being of the dogs. Puppy mill corgis are often kept in inhumane and overcrowded conditions and are not properly socialised or cared for.
  2. Backyard breeders: These are people who breed dogs without proper knowledge of genetics, health, or breeding standards. Backyard breeding can contribute to the overpopulation of dogs and result in the production of unhealthy or poorly bred puppies.
  3. Pet stores: Many pet stores obtain their puppies from puppy mills, and supporting these stores helps to perpetuate the cycle of cruelty.

Instead of buying a dog from any of these sources, it is best to adopt from a shelter or rescue organisation, or to purchase from a reputable and responsible breeder.

Find out more about places your should avoid buying a corgi.

How do I pick the right corgi breeder? 9 steps to find and work with a responsible breeder

​When working with a breeder, do your research and check they have a history of producing healthy and well-bred puppies. You can also ask for references and visit the breeder’s facilities to see the conditions of where the dogs are kept.

Picking the right breeder is a key step in finding the perfect furry companion for your family.

Here are a few questions you can ask your potential breeder, to make sure they are they are reputable, and the right breeder for you.

1. Do they sell corgis to anyone?

One of the hallmarks of a bad breeder is their willingness to sell to anyone. A breeder who sells to everyone is a breeder who should sell to no one. 

A good breeder will ask as many questions of you as you do of them.

​This includes questions about: your life, your home, your knowledge of the breed, and your ability to look after them. A good breeder wants you to be a good owner.

2. How will they get the corgi puppy to you?

A good corgi breeder will try to encourage you as much as reasonably possible to go out to their site and meet your corgi in person before you buy them.

While this has changed a little in recent years due to the pandemic, the best breeders will still always try to get you to meet the your corgi face-to-face.

If your breeder is all too happy to pop your pup on a plane, with barely a conversation: be very wary, and be prepared to walk away. They may not have the health of your corgi in mind.

3. Are the corgi’s parents healthy?

Upfront tests are expensive, but so are vet bills for the next ten years if you’ve got an unhealthy pup. A good breeder will pick parents to maximise healthy traits, and minimise health risks.

Your breeder should have given the puppy’s parents all their medical tests. In particular, tests for von Willebrand disease and Degenerative Myelopathy. These can both cause problems later in life.

I also recommend following the advice of the Orthopaedic Foundation for Animals, and getting eye and hip tests. These are some of the first places that a corgi’s health can take a turn for the worse.

Always try to see the mother if you can. A good breeder will have nothing to hide, and if they’re not the owner of the mother, they should still be able to show you her records, history, and certifications.

4. Are you paying a fair price for the corgi?

A good breeder understands the value of the services they are providing to you. ​Prices that are too low or too high are a warning sign that you may not have an experienced breeder.

A good breeder is aware of the market price, and will demand reasonable prices for their efforts. If the price is off, double check you’re not dealing with a puppy mill or backyard breeder.

A high price tag does not necessarily indicate good health in a puppy. You should independently verify the health of a puppy, regardless of the price. This may include having the puppy examined by a veterinarian.

5. Are the corgi litters appropriately spaced apart?

Spacing out litters allows the breeder to carefully plan each breeding, taking into account the health and genetic backgrounds of the corgi mother and produce the healthiest, most well-rounded puppies possible.

Good breeders are dedicated to the health and welfare of their animals and strive to produce healthy, well-bred puppies.

To ensure their corgis are healthy and have the best chance at producing healthy offspring, good breeders will typically space out their litters and limit the number of litters they produce each year.

Spacing out litters allows the breeder to devote sufficient time and resources to the care and socialisation of each litter. It also gives the mother time to rest and recover between litters.

If you see too many litters in too little time, it is very likely you don’t have a good breeder on your hands.

6. Should the corgi mother be having puppies at all?

A reputable breeder waits until a dog is at least two to three years old before they have their first litter. It is a sign of a bad breeder if the corgi parent is older than this.

This is because OFA tests can only be done after the dog is two years old, and you need to have records of these tests. Genetic issues can surface after the puppy stage, so it is important to wait.

A good breeder will wait until the mother is physically and mentally mature, and that they have reached their full potential as a representative of their breed.

Breeding at a young age can be physically demanding for the mother and can potentially lead to health problems. The female’s reproductive system is not fully developed until she is at least two years old, and breeding at a younger age can increase the risk of complications during pregnancy and delivery.

7. Is the corgi puppy old enough to go to a new home?

I recommend puppies not be separated from their mother and littermates until they are at least 8–10 weeks old. It is a sign of a bad breeder if they let you buy a corgi much younger than this.

During this time, puppies learn their socialisation and development skills from their mother and the rest of the litter.

For example, puppies learn how to play and interact with others, how to communicate and resolve conflicts, and how to regulate their own behaviour. These skills are essential for the healthy development of puppies and will influence their behaviour and temperament as adults.

If they are taken too early, especially under eight weeks, you risk the chance of developing health and growth issues.

Ensure your puppy is weaned, healthy, ready and alert, and feels confident in going back to your home. Avoid a puppy that appears snappy, shy, or sick – even more so if that is a common trait in the litter.

8. Will they help you settle your corgi into its new home?

A good breeder will be a valuable resource for you throughout the process of bringing a new puppy into your home. A bad breeder is more likely to not answer questions during the purchasing process.

In addition to helping you choose the right pup for your family and lifestyle, a good breeder will also provide you with guidance and support as you acclimate your new puppy to its new surroundings.

A good breeder will give you information and advice on how to properly care for your new puppy, including feeding, grooming, training, and socialisation. They may also be able to provide you with resources and recommendations for finding a veterinarian and other professionals to help you care for your puppy.

A good breeder will also be available to answer any questions or concerns you may have as you adjust to life with a new puppy. This includes taking phone calls if you have specific issues, particularly to do with their genetic health.

Because your purchase is not just a business deal, it’s an welcome open invitation to the family.

9. Do they have a safe and clean corgi breeding space?

When visiting a breeder, pay attention to your surroundings and look for anything that may indicate that the environment is not clean and friendly – typical warning signs of a bad breeder.

This includes looking for signs of neglect or poor care, such as dirty or overcrowded conditions, unhealthy or malnourished animals, and a lack of proper ventilation or lighting.

It is also a good idea to pay attention to your own feelings and instincts. If something about the breeder or their facility makes you feel uneasy or uncomfortable, it may be a red flag the animals are not being cared for. Trust your gut and don’t be afraid to ask questions or walk away if something doesn’t feel right.

Once you’ve picked a breeder, get to know them and build a relationship. You need to prove to them you are ready to be a corgi mum or dad. Visit as many as possible to help make the right decision.

Then, once you’ve picked your breeder, it’s time to pick your corgi.

How do I pick the right corgi for me? 3 tips to help you choose the right dog for you to buy

Choosing the right corgi for you and your family is a big decision that should not be taken lightly. You should consider their health, behaviour, and temperament, as well as your own lifestyle.

Corgis are intelligent, active, and loyal dogs that can make wonderful companions. But every corgi is unique. And a new dog is a big responsibility. 

Before deciding to add a corgi to your family, consider each corgi presented to you to check they’re a good fit. Here are three tips to point you in the right direction.

1. Talk to your corgi breeder

Your breeder is a valuable resource for information about the breed and can help you find the right corgi for your specific needs and lifestyle.

By letting your breeder know why you want a corgi, what your home and life are like, and what your plans are, they can help you choose a pup well-suited to your situation.

For example, if you have a specific task in mind for your corgi (such as a certain behavioural trick or to assist someone with a disability), let your breeder know so they can recommend a pup with the right temperament and characteristics for the job.

On the other hand, if you simply want a companion to join you on walks and cuddle with on the couch, your breeder can help you find a pup with a more laid-back personality.

Be open and honest with your breeder about your needs and expectations, so they can help you find the right corgi for you.

2. Ask your corgi breeder or a vet about their health

You must ask about the individual pup you are considering, even if you have already checked out the litter as a whole. This is because every pup is unique and may have different health needs or concerns.

Some specific questions to ask about your individual pup include:

  • How are their eyes and hips? Corgis are prone to certain health issues, such as hip dysplasia and eye problems, so it’s important to know if the puppy you’re considering has any issues in these areas.
  • Have they had their tests, worming, and vaccinations? Make sure your corgi is up to date on all necessary tests, treatments, and vaccinations for their health and well-being.
  • Are there any health concerns in the family? If the pup’s parents or other family members have any known health issues, this may be something to consider when deciding whether the pup is right for you.
  • Has a vet checked them out? It’s always a good idea to have a veterinarian examine your new corgi to check they are healthy and to catch issues early on.

By asking these questions, you can get a better understanding of the health and well-being of the individual dog you are considering, and make an informed decision about whether they are the right fit for you and your family.

3. Watch the corgi’s behaviour and their temperament

Take your time when choosing a new corgi. While it may be tempting to rush into a decision and take home the first corgi that runs up to you, remember this is a big responsibility and the decision hould not be taken lightly.

One way to not miss out on your future best friend is to inspect the litter more than once. This can give you a better idea of the personalities of the pups, and can help you make a more informed decision.

It’s also a good idea to visit the litter at different times of day, as some pups may be more energetic and playful in the morning, while others may be more suited to the afternoon. This can help you get a better sense of each corgi’s individual personality.

These tips will help you decide which corgi is going to be the right fit for your family and your home.

How do I look after my new corgi?

As a new corgi owner, you may have questions about how to best care for your furry friend. I know I certainly had plenty.

Here, I’ll give some tips guidelines on the things I’ve learnt to help you take care of your new corgi, including feeding, exercise, grooming, and training. This will help your corgi grow up to be a healthy and well-behaved member of your family.

How do I groom my corgi?

Grooming your corgi is critical to maintain their health, keep their coat and skin clean, and keep them looking and feeling their best. Itcan also be a great opportunity for you to check for any abnormalities or health issues

Here are some steps to follow when grooming your corgi:

  1. Brush your corgi at least once a week (ideally more): Corgis have a double coat, which consists of a soft, dense undercoat and a longer, coarser topcoat. Use a slicker brush or a comb specifically designed for double-coated breeds to remove tangles and mats. Brush in the direction of hair growth, and be gentle to avoid damaging your corgi’s skin.
  2. Bathe your corgi as needed: Corgis generally only need a bath every month or so, unless they get particularly dirty or smelly. Use a mild puppy shampoo and make sure to rinse thoroughly to avoid leaving any soap residue on the coat.
  3. Trim your corgi’s nails: Keep your corgi’s nails trimmed to avoid overgrown nails, which can be uncomfortable and even painful. Use a nail clipper specifically designed for dogs, and be careful not to cut too close to the quick (the blood vessels and nerves in the nail).
  4. Clean your corgi’s ears: Corgis are prone to ear infections, so regularly clean their ears to help prevent them. Use a cotton ball or a soft cloth to gently wipe the inside of your corgi’s ears, being careful not to go too deep into the ear canal.

By regularly grooming your corgi and meeting their grooming needs, you can help keep them healthy and looking their best.

How much exercise does a corgi need?

Corgis need a lot of exercise. It’s a good idea to aim for at least 30 minutes to an hour of exercise per day for a healthy adult corgi.

This can include walks, runs, playtime, and other activities to help them get the physical and mental stimulation they need. Puppies and younger corgis may require more exercise, while older corgis may need less.

Also, pay attention to your corgi’s weight and make sure they don’t become overweight, as this can lead to a range of health issues.

What do corgis need to play?

Corgis are intelligent and energetic dogs that enjoy playing and exploring. But they get bored easy. Chew toys, ropes, or a handful of balls will come in handy.

Corgis enjoy playing with a variety of toys, such as balls, frisbees, chew toys, and interactive toys. ​Choose toys appropriate for your corgi’s size and activity level, and be sure to supervise play to keep them safe.

​Corgis are social animals and enjoy interacting with other dogs and people. Providing your corgi with opportunities to socialise with other dogs and people can help keep them happy.

What should I feed my corgi?

You should give your corgi with a healthy and balanced diet to help them stay fit and healthy. This could be a high-quality meat-based diet – or a mixture of dry food with meat and vegetables.

Here are a few things to consider when deciding what to feed your corgi:

  1. Choose a high-quality dog food: Look for a dog food made from high-quality ingredients. Avoid low-quality budget brands, which may contain poor ingredients and fillers.
  2. Consult with a veterinarian: A veterinarian or a reputable breeder can provide guidance on the type and amount of food appropriate for your corgi’s specific needs. They can also help you identify any potential dietary issues or sensitivities.
  3. Consider your corgi’s individual needs: Every corgi is unique, and their dietary needs may vary based on factors such as their age, size, activity level, and overall health. 
  4. Avoid feeding your corgi table scraps: While it may be tempting to share your food with your corgi, avoid feeding them table scraps or other human foods. Many human foods can be harmful to dogs.

Doing it right is important. Feeding your corgi is one of the most critical steps you can take to keep your corgi healthy.

Should I get two corgis to keep each other company?

It can be a good idea to have more than one dog if you are able to provide a good home for them and can give them the time, attention, and care they need.

Corgis are social animals and can benefit from having a companion to play with and interact with.

However, consider whether you have the resources and ability to care for two dogs, as this requires a significant amount of time, money, and effort.

It may be better to get one, and get the first-hand knowledge you need to take care of it, before considering getting a second.

What shots (vaccinations) should my corgi get?

Vaccinations play a key role of protecting your corgi’s health and well-being.​ Your breeder is responsible for all of your puppy’s shots. 

Vaccinations help prevent serious and potentially life-threatening diseases, and you should keep your corgi’s vaccination schedule up to date. Your puppy should avoid contact with other dogs until two weeks after their third set of shots.

Cnsult with a veterinarian to determine the appropriate vaccination schedule for your corgi.

Your veterinarian can also provide guidance on any additional vaccinations, like for bugs or pest control, that may be necessary based on your corgi’s specific needs.

Should I neuter (spay / desex) my corgi?

Yes, you should desex your corgi. This helps manage the corgi population and stop unwanted puppies. It also can help reduce the risk of certain health problems, such as mammary gland tumors, prostate cancer, and uterine infections in females, and testicular cancer in males.

Neutering (also known as spaying for females and castration for males) is a surgical procedure that involves removing your corgi’s reproductive organs.

It can have many potential benefits for both the animal and the community, and it is generally recommended by veterinarians and animal welfare organisations.

How do I train my corgi?

The great thing about having an intelligent dog is they are capable andwilling to learn. You can train them using firm commands and positive reinforcement.

Corgis are able to learn from about eight weeks old, so you can get started right away! Here are all the main skills you should be teaching your corgi. 

Training is a process. You’ll go forward and back. Some days will feel like they’ve got it, and then the next will feel like you’re starting over again. That’s nothing to worry about.

How to toilet train your corgi

Toilet training a corgi can be a bit of a process, but with patience, consistency, and positive reinforcement, it is possible to train your corgi to use the toilet outside.

Every time your corgi goes to the toilet outside, reward them. This may involve a treat, praise, or even a toy.
You want your corgi to associate the act of going to the toilet outside, with positive feeling.

​Do not punish your corgi if they go to the toilet inside. This doesn’t help them learn.

Your puppy should be house-trained in about six months, but this varies from dog to dog and the time that you put into training them.

Final thoughts on how to buy a corgi

Buying a corgi is a big decision and responsibility, and it’s important to consider your options to find the right dog for you and your family.

There’s a lot to cover in this article, and you’ve done well to make it to the end. Here are a few final thoughts to keep in mind when looking for a corgi:​

  1. Do your research: You’re already off to a great start. Make sure you understand the characteristics and needs of the breed before making a decision. This can help you determine whether a corgi is the right fit for you and your lifestyle.
  2. Find a reputable breeder: Look for a reputable breeder who is committed to breeding healthy and well-adjusted puppies. Avoid purchasing a corgi from a pet store, as these puppies may come from puppy mills or other unethical sources.
  3. Check the litter: Inspect the litter to get a sense of the personalities and characteristics of the puppies. This can help you choose a pup well-suited to your needs and lifestyle.
  4. Ask about the individual dog: Make sure to ask about the individual pup you are considering, including their health, tests, worming, vaccinations, and any health concerns in the family.
  5. Take your time: Don’t rush into a decision. Take your time to thoroughly research and consider your options to find the right corgi for you.

There are so many happy memories to come when you take the plunge into corgi ownership. Following these steps, you can find a healthy corgi who is the perfect fit for you and your loved ones.

Let me know on Instagram or Facebook when you get your new corgi. 

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